Architect & Owner
Though a pioneer of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, was more than just an architect. He was also a famous writer, painter, urbanist and designer of some of the most iconic furniture of the 20th century. In a career that spanned five decades he created a body of work that is still revered and respected today.
With an office in Paris, Le Corbusier spent the 1920s refining his architectural theories, putting them into practice with a series of modernist villas in and around the city. These culminated with the design and construction of Villa Savoye.
Villa Savoye was commissioned by Pierre and Emilie Savoye in 1928. They came from a wealthy Parisian family that ran a large and successful insurance company and owned land in the town of Poissy, 30 km (18.6 miles) to the west of Paris.
Apart from the number of rooms required and the wish for all the latest technical fittings befitting a modern home, Le Corbusier noted that his clients were: “quite without preconceptions, either old or new” and only had a vague idea of what their future country house should resemble.
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